Board of Supervisors Decides Against Privatizing Airport Security

A year ago, the board applied to have the Transportation Security Administration use and train private employees to work at the airport. Linda Cutler with the airport says, at that time, privatizing the work force with the TSA's Screening Partnership Program or SPP, would have provided more flexible employee scheduling. But, the scheduling issue has since been resolved, "The other thing is that the GAO -the Government Accounting Office- issued a report about three weeks ago indicating that they could not really identify some of the benefits to the SPP that they originally assumed their might be."
Cutler says current employees likely would not have been in danger of losing their jobs, but the American Federation of Government Employees would not have been able to represent them.

Supervisor Phil Serna says there didn't seem to be a reason to change from the status quo, ""There hasn't been to date any real demonstration that there is an advantage and if there isn't an advantage, why call into question the status of the folks who are out there working today that have been working at Sacramento International Airport for years now."

Sixteen airports nationwide have privatized security forces under the TSA's Screening Partnership Program.

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